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The Substance of Fire (1996)

R | | Drama | 14 March 1997 (USA)
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Publishing magnate refuses to publish a book by his son's male lover so the kids buy out their father and run it themselves!

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Aaron Geldhart
Benjamin Ungar ...
Young Isaac Geldhart
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Martin Geldhart
Tom McDermott ...
Old Printer
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George Morfogen ...
Otto the printer
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Isaac Geldhart
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Cora Cahn
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Mr. Otani jr
Edmund Ikeda ...
Mr. Otani sr
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Miss Barzakian
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Val Chenard
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Gene Byck
Ronny Graham ...
Louis Foukold
John Sullivan ...
Stewart
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Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. His son Aaron, who also works at the company, grows frustrated with Isaac's emotional decline and attempts to take over the firm. The resulting crisis involves Isaac's other two children, his daughter Sarah and his dying son Martin. Written by Jesse Garon <grifter@primenet.com>

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Doing What Is Right... Could Cost Him Everything.

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14 March 1997 (USA)  »

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A tűz melege  »

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$56,221 (USA) (14 March 1997)

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$56,221 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Film debut of Viola Davis. See more »

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Issac Geldheart: You think I'm going to publish some trashy novel by some slicko hipster?
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One of the great films of its time
28 August 2002 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews



Saw this at a film festival prior to its release and can't believe it didn't get more attention. The actors are excellent, but, more than that, it takes pains to *adapt* the original play into something that has a shape as a film. Never feels stagy, in spite of all the talk that seems to upset so many IMDb users. (Not in excess of any other talk-movie. Why would this one attract all the action fans?) Its pieces may not all add up, but that is something that marks a great film as often as it does a bad one. (Except for the fact that there are simply fewer great films in the world.) The quality of its observations is so good, it doesn't matter that there seem to be a few extraneous contents or that its point may not be entirely clear. It doesn't back away from complex questions and doesn't stoop to easy answers. Excellent.

Better than the American dramas getting all the awards, certainly.


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